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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2007 5:55 am | Updated: 5:37 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Eric Case knew at a young age that he did not want to spend his working years behind a desk. During his late teens, a friend got him a summer job at a golf course.

As he was approaching his senior year in college, where he was working toward a business management degree, all he could think about was being at the golf course.

“I knew then that’s what I wanted to do,” Case said.

After completing his business degree, Case enrolled in Penn State’s turf grass management school and graduated in 1987. He has worked around golf courses ever since.

The 43-year-old Scottsdale resident is golf course superintendent at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale.

He makes sure that the approximately 400 acres of the two 18-hole golf courses are in top condition for the thousands of golfers that use the facility.

Case has help from 38 full-time employees and even a 2-year-old border collie named Macy, whose job is keeping geese away from the courses.

“Geese eat the turf and leave droppings everywhere,” Case said, “but we no longer have a geese problem.”

When asked what he enjoys about working at a golf course, Case said: “The best thing is that you have a perfect mix of working outside and working inside, and you balance that however you want to. I spend the majority of my time outside — that is why I got into this business to begin with — I love nature and being outside.”

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